The Gameboy must have game companies scratching their heads. How could the portable with one of the worst system specs dominate the video game industry? Ten years ago, I called Nintendo in disappointment. The Sega Genesis was released, but there was no counter console from Nintendo. Where was Nintendo’s killer system? The response Nintendo gave was that only the Gameboy would be released that year.
Ahh the typical racing game… how boring!!! But what Midway shows you, if you just add water, you can get something exciting. True… HydroThunder was not a big hit with me in the arcades, mainly because it was a dollar a pop. It’s nice to see that a pretty much identical version can be had for significantly less money. I’d say it’s 100 times less than the price of a deluxe coin-op.
The easiest way to describe Ready 2 Rumble is by calling it the Mike Tyson’s Punch Out of the 90’s. It’s a cartoon-like boxer meant to be more than a little silly. If that’s what you’re looking for, then this game deliverers. It’s nothing but non-stop, mindless punch-fest. Ready 2 Rumble is one of those games where you can vent some stress after a hard day.
Let’s get something straight right now. I consider Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter the best fighting series ever. Everything else is just a wanna-be. With that said, I also have to admit that Mortal Kombat Gold is not terribly exciting.
In a bigger fight than Street Fighter II vs. Mortal Kombat, there’s been the mascot war of Nintendo vs. Sega – Mario vs. Sonic. For those of you that have experienced what Mario has done for the Nintendo 64, it should be no surprise to see Sonic making a release date debut for the Dreamcast.